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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kids & COVID-19 Website Provides Resources for Pediatric Healthcare Providers and Families

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has launched a special COVID-19 website for pediatric healthcare providers and practices, parents, and children. This resource brings together important research, professional guidance for pediatric practices, and practical tips for parents and caregivers.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Important Coronavirus Update from Dean Reece

As we continue to move forward in these challenging times, I would like to bring you a message of encouragement and hope. First and foremost, please be assured and confident that we are, and will continue to do, everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of all within our community. As you will see in this briefing, significant steps are being taken by the State of Maryland, the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to ensure that everyone is healthy and safe. We must each do whatever is necessary to ensure that our health comes first.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic? New Study Shows Stress Can Have Lasting Impacts on Sperm and a Man’s Future Offspring

Prolonged fear and anxiety brought on by major stressors, like the coronavirus pandemic, can not only take a toll on a person’s mental health, but may also have a lasting impact on a man’s sperm composition that could affect his future offspring. That is the finding of a provocative new study published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Monday, March 23, 2020

The Wait Is Over: It’s Match Day 2020

Even as physicians across the United States and around the world confront the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of the residency match is more evident than ever. According to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), this year’s Main Residency Match is the largest in history, exceeding the more than 44,000 applicants who registered for the 2019 Match. This year, 161 University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) students matched at 73 different hospitals in 29 states. Thirty-eight members of the Class of 2020 will stay in the state of Maryland for their residency training.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Researchers Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality for COVID-19 Based on Climate Where Virus Appears to Thrive

Researchers at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the Global Virus Network (GVN) predict that COVID-19 will follow a seasonal pattern similar to other respiratory viruses like seasonal flu. They base this on weather modeling data in countries where the virus has taken hold and spread within the community.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dr. Wilbur Chen and Dr. David Marcozzi Named to Maryland Governor’s Coronavirus Response Team

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Wilbur Chen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and an adult infectious disease expert at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and David Marcozzi, MD, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Population Health, UMSOM Department of Emergency Medicine and University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) COVID-19 Incident Commander, as members of the Coronavirus Response Team. This special panel will advise the Governor and top administration officials on important health and emergency management decisions as the situation continues to evolve. “We are committed to being transparent, providing the facts, keeping Marylanders fully informed, taking actions based on our detailed planning, and making decisions based on the facts on the ground,” said Governor Hogan. “In order to make those decisions and to leverage all of the resources and expertise across our state, at my direction, we are convening a Coronavirus Response Team composed of experts in public health and emergency management.”


Thursday, March 05, 2020

13th Annual “Celebrating Diversity” Dinner Supports Student Scholarships

UMSOM Award Recipients Honored for Promoting Health Equity and Career Advancement for Underrepresented Groups


Thursday, March 05, 2020

Preventing COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Maryland Hospitals:

Hospital epidemiologists are doctors who prevent infections. World leaders in hospital epidemiology and infectious disease prevention, the physicians and scientists based in the Division of Genomic Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes (GECO) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are preparing our healthcare system for COVID-19 and COVID-19 transmission prevention.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

UMSOM Department of Psychiatry Creates New Position to Strengthen and Support Research Program

Jill RachBeisel, MD, Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Gloria Reeves, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed to serve as the Vice Chair for Research of the Department.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dr. Rajabrata Sarkar Appointed Director of Faculty Group Practice Operations at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with Anthony F. Lehman, MD, MSPH, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UMSOM, announced today that Rajabrata (Raj) Sarkar, MD, a leading vascular surgeon at UMSOM who is the Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor in Surgery, has been appointed Director of Faculty Group Practice Operations for the UMSOM.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Researchers Develop First Catalogue of Genes that Comprise Community of Microbes in Vaginal Microbiome

University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) researchers have created the first catalogue of genes that comprise the community of microbes, which inhabit the human vagina. The catalogue, called human vaginal non-redundant gene catalog (VIRGO), was recently released as a public resource that can be used by researchers to facilitate a more in-depth understanding of the role of vaginal microorganisms in women’s health and to potentially develop future treatments for certain gynecologic conditions.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

UMSOM’s Office of Student Affairs Names Dr. Kristin Reavis as Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Constance Lacap as Assistant Dean for Assessment

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Donna Parker, MD, FACP, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced two appointments that will further enhance the quality of medical education at the UMSOM. Kristin Reavis, MD, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, has been named Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Student Affairs, while Constance N. Lacap, DO, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been named Assistant Dean for Assessment in the Office of Medical Education.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

World Health Organization Names UMSOM Faculty Member as COVID-19 Advisor

Samba Sow, MD, MSc, FASTMH, Director General of the Center for Vaccine Development in Mali (CVD-Mali), and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), was appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve as a special envoy on issues related to coronavirus COVID-19.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Experimental Treatment That Resets Immune Cells Markedly Improves Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) found that targeting overactive immune cells in the brain with an experimental drug could limit brain cell loss and reverse cognitive and motor difficulties caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). The findings, published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggest a potential new treatment for TBI and possibly other brain injuries.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Washington Post Visits UM School of Medicine Laboratories, Meets with Scientists About Coronavirus

Result is front-page feature coverage of UMSOM’s leading work in studying the Virus


Monday, February 24, 2020

Institute of Human Virology and OncoImmune Launch Clinical Trial to Lessen Effects of HIV Later in Infection

On February 1, the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and OncoImmune, Inc. launched a new Phase II clinical trial called CALIBER, which will test whether OncoImmune’s lead product, CD24Fc, can reduce late effects of HIV infection, such as inflammatory abnormalities including cardiovascular disease. This is intended for use in HIV patients who have been receiving the traditional antiretroviral therapies that control, but do not cure, HIV infection.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Researchers Identify Pathway for Cell Regulation of Energy Production

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) identified an important regulatory mechanism by which cells control the production of ATP, a universal energy-rich chemical that enables our brains to think, our muscles to contract, and our hearts to beat. In a recent set of findings published in the journal Nature Metabolism, the researchers found that cells have an elegant mechanism for determining when ATP production needs to be ramped up to meet the increased energy demands required by an activity of an organ, a tissue or a cell.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

IHV Clinician Selected as UMSOM 2020 Fellow of the Academy of Education Excellence

Devang M. Patel, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), was selected as a UMSOM 2020 Fellow of the Academy of Educational Excellence, established by Carolyn J. Pass, MD ’66 and Richard J. Susel, MD ’66. This honor, which was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Pass and Dr. Susel, is designed to recognize faculty members and other educators who demonstrate excellence in bedside, classroom and/or innovative medical education.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dr. Joseph Martinez Appointed Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Experience

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Vice Dean for Academic Affairs James B. Kaper, PhD, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joseph P. Martinez, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, has been appointed Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Experience. The appointment became effective February 1, 2020.


Monday, February 17, 2020

14th Annual Medical Student Auction Makes Bid to Fight Homelessness

“Our class is very excited about hosting this year’s auction,” says Malina Howard, Class of 2022 MD candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). “It is going to be a big team effort!” Malina is speaking about the preparations for the Annual Second Year Medical Student Auction, which will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. This event is open to parents, students, faculty, and staff.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

UM School of Medicine Names Dr. Steven R. Gambert First Medical Director for Development

UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with Mary Pooton, Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), announced today that Steven R. Gambert, MD, AGSF, MACP, UMSOM Professor of Medicine and Division Head for Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, has been named the school’s first Medical Director of Development.


Tuesday, February 04, 2020

UMSOM Awarded ACCME Re-Accreditation 'With Commendation' for Continuing Medical Education

UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, announced today that the UMSOM has been awarded “Re-Accreditation with Commendation” for its Continuing Medical Education programs by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The re-accreditation, which is for the next six years, is the highest level of achievement recognized by the ACCME.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

UMSOM Pediatric Infectious Disease Experts Sound Alarm Over Risk of Outbreaks in U.S. Border Detention Centers

Over the past year, at least seven children have died from diseases including influenza while being detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Infectious disease experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) called for protections like influenza vaccinations to prevent serious outbreaks.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

University of Maryland School of Medicine Mobilizes Virus Experts to prepare for Potential Coronavirus Outbreak

As public health officials around the world are monitoring a new coronavirus strain (2019-nCoV) first identified in the Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is mobilizing its physicians and scientists in the UMSOM’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD), and in its Department of Microbiology & Immunology, to study the virus and test potential vaccines and other therapies. In addition, the UMSOM is collaborating with the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) on rapid response and preparedness planning in the event of a growing outbreak.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What Does the Future Hold for Gene Editing Technologies?

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will be holding an expert panel today with Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley, MD, PhD, and UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, to confront the promise and peril of the gene editing technology CRISPR. While the innovative technology holds enormous potential for treating and curing diseases caused by genetic mutations, it is also fraught with controversy as scientists and medical experts debate the full ethical implications of editing the genomes of human embryos to permanently alter the human species.


Monday, January 27, 2020

UM School of Medicine's Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center Announces Leadership Transition

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM”s Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center will begin the next phase of its history with new leadership.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

University of Maryland School of Medicine Research Shows That Older Patients With Untreated Sleep Apnea Need Greater Medical Care

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and costly medical condition leading to a wide range of health risks such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and even premature death. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) found that the medical costs are substantially higher among older adults who go untreated for the disorder.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Nanoparticle Therapy Appears More Effective Than Standard Therapy at Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) developed a new nanoparticle drug formulation that targets a specific receptor on cancer cells and appears to be more effective than a standard nanoparticle therapy currently on the market to treat metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published today in the journal Science Advances. The new ‘DART’ nanoparticles bypass healthy cells and tissues and bind to tumor cells, dispersing evenly throughout the tumor while releasing the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dr. Andrea Meredith’s Research is the Cover Story in The Physiologist Magazine

One night just before bed in August 2018, Andrea Meredith, PhD, was reading the New York Times Magazine on her iPad when she came across an article about a six-year-old girl in South Dakota named Kamiyah who had a mysterious disorder. Over 300 times a day, the little girl would fall or slump forward, with large portions of her body paralyzed. An episode would last anywhere from three to 20 seconds. Then, suddenly, she would pop back up and resume whatever she was doing. The article mentioned that Kamiyah had paroxysmal dyskinesia, a type of movement disorder. But the cause was unknown.


Monday, January 13, 2020

University of Maryland Medicine's Novel Critical Care Resuscitation Unit Improves Patients' Chances of Survival, Study Finds

Patients with acutely life-threatening health conditions who were treated in the innovative Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU) received faster treatment and had better health outcomes, including a 36 percent lower risk of dying than those who were transferred from a hospital’s emergency department then evaluated and treated in a traditional intensive care unit, according to a recent study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).


Thursday, January 09, 2020

UM School of Medicine Research Shows Less Severe Cases of Diarrheal Illness can Still Lead to Child Deaths, Even Weeks Following Onset of the Illness

Diarrheal diseases are a leading cause of death for young children, accounting for nine percent of all deaths worldwide in children under five years of age, with most occurring in children under two years of age. Now, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) found that even milder cases of diarrheal diseases can lead to death in young children.


Thursday, January 09, 2020

Researchers Identify Key Structure of Bacteria that Could Lead to Future Treatments for Healthcare-Associated Infections

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and their colleagues have identified the structure of the most lethal toxin produced by certain strains of Clostridium difficile bacteria, a potentially deadly infection associated with the use of antibiotics. The finding, published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, used cryo electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography and other biophysical methods to identify the microscopic structures of the bacteria. The researchers mapped out the delivery and binding components of the toxin, which could pave the way for new drugs to neutralize it.


Wednesday, January 08, 2020

UM School of Medicine Launches New Pathway to Promotion for Non-Tenure Track Faculty; Policy will Specifically Benefit Clinician-Educators and Administrators

UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that a new contemporary pathway to promotion has been created that will directly benefit faculty who are clinician-educators or clinician- administrators.  The new policy is based on a recent analysis of faculty promotions in UMSOM’s academic departments that revealed a gender disparity in promotion rates for some clinical faculty in clinical departments.